Covent Garden area guide

What to see, do, eat, drink and more in London's glitzy district of theatres, shops and restaurants

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High on every tourist's visiting agenda, Covent Garden offers a mixed bag of restaurants, shops, hotels. The area is synonymous with the Royal Opera House, hosts daily alfresco entertainment at its central piazza, and is surrounded by a plethora of theatres. Chain stores have moved in, but it’s still a nice place to stroll – if you can catch it early on a fine morning.



Critics' choice events in Covent Garden

Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

'My mummy says I'm a miracle,' lisps a pampered mini-me at a purgatorial kiddies' birthday party at the outset of this delicious, treacly-dark family show. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular,

  1. Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. £24-£85. Runs 2hrs 40mins
  3. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Dec 21
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War Horse

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Five years on, the National Theatre's 'War Horse' has become ubiquitous. The toast of the West End and Broadway, as I write this it's sold out at the New London Theatre for the next two months – by

  1. Drury Lane, WC2B 5PQ
  2. £15-£62.50. Run 2hrs 35mins
  3. Fri Apr 18 - Sat Feb 14
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Alex Jennings replaces Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka from May 19 2014. ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes’s huge new Warner Brothers musical confirms it: the hottest property in the West End right

  1. Catherine St, WC2B 5JF
  2. £25-£90. Runs 2hrs 30mins
  3. Fri May 17 - Wed May 20
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The Woman in Black

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

It's been over 20 years since this skillful adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 Gothic horror story first started setting West End audience a-shiver. 'The Woman in Black' remains perennially popular –

  1. Russell Street, WC2B 5HH
  2. £18-£61. Runs 1hr 35mins. Booking to March 30...
  3. Fri Apr 18 - Sat Jul 26
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Handbagged

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Proving that theatre is sometimes subject to the same law as buses – two come along at once, etc – last year saw two new productions take imaginative liberties with the regular private meetings

  1. Vaudeville Theatre 404 The Strand, WC2R 0NH
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sat Aug 2
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